Format: Dressing Documents for Success

  • Michael Alley

Abstract

When you create a document on a computer, you are faced with many formatting decisions, from choosing a typeface to selecting the amount of white space that precedes a heading. In making these decisions, you want to choose a format that is easy to read, that is in character with the kind of document you have written, and that presents the work in such a way that the most important details stand out. Because of the wide selection of typography and layouts, the best thing to do is to consult a graphic designer. Most graphic designers have spent years studying different designs and can tailor a format to meet your needs.

Keywords

Sandia National Laboratory White Space Format Guideline Small Capital Desktop Publishing 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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